A software contractor invoice is designed to be used by independent software developers and engineers for the purpose of collecting payment from start-ups or established companies for services provided. Developers typically charge for their services on an hourly or per-project basis, with rates depending on the programming language(s) and skill set required for the job.
Table of Contents
- What Does a Software Developer Do?
- Average Programming Rates
- Where to Look for Jobs
- Software Developer Salary & Hourly Pay ($/hr)
Software developers are the brains behind the programs and applications used today. They plan, structure, and organize how a program or application will run by both discussing the needs of the client and gauging the level of performance and security that will need to be built into the software. The common tasks of a software developer include:
- Meeting with clients and team members to discuss the problem(s) that need to be solved
- Prearrange how the pieces of the project will fit together
- Create a roadmap and instructions for a team of developers and programmers to follow
- Develop new software using a variety of programming languages and software
- Conduct benchmarking and testing to identify security or performance flaws
- Identify potential upgrades and create instructions on maintaining software into the future
Those looking to become a software developer should have a knack for problem-solving, a penchant for detail, a healthy dose of determination, and a drive to continue honing their programming skills. Formal education is mandatory for many of the jobs to which a developer can apply. While developers can strike their own path and learn to code on their own, many companies and freelancing platforms only accept those that have been formally trained in a university setting. Majors that serve as a stepping stone to becoming a software developer include computer science, software engineering, and mathematics.
A programmer will often base their hourly rates upon the size of the job (also called the “scope”), the service for which they are being hired to complete, and their years of experience. On average, independent software developers charge anywhere from $50 to $300 per hour. According to UpWork, the following are the average rates based upon differing development types:
- Back-end web: $75 – $150/hr
- Front-end web: $50 – $75/hr
- Desktop: $30 – $100/hr
- Mobile: $30 – $150/hr
- Basic C: $75 – $150/hr
- C++: $100 – $150/hr
- API: $75 – $150/hr
The following are great places software developers can find freelance and contract-based work:
- Toptal – Claims they only allow the top three percent (3%) of developers (and other professions) in their respective fields. Vigorous application standards.
- Stack Overflow – A platform for both high-level and novice developers.
- Gun.io – Contains a talent pool of senior, high-performing software developers, and engineers.
- CodingNinjas – A developer-only platform that focuses on providing in-depth vetting to ensure only the best developers are hired.
- UpWork – A broad platform that includes developers with wide ranges of experience and specialties.
Software developers earn an above-average salary due to the difficulty of their work and the increased need for qualified developers. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), software developers earn the following:
- Bottom 10%: $61,660/yr
- Median: $103,620/yr
- Top 10%: $161,290/yr
Average hourly rate: $50.77/hr